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    Unhappy When things go bad in the basement............

    I noticed that the water level in my basement toilet was higher than normal last Sunday, tried to work on it.

    Expected to come last Monday after a easy day at work and chill.

    My sump pump went down and got water in several spots in the basement.

    Had to rip up the carpet over a period of days, finally finished this morning. The funk from the wet carpet was bad, never want to go through this mess again.

    Between getting a new sump pump and stuff to clean up the basement was well over $700 in cost.

    Still trying to get things back in order, what a miserable experience. Trying to get work done around a work schedule is very tiresome, what a hectic week.

    Nothing was lost, had to move some things upstairs while I got things in order.

    Now to find the perfect solution to the bad smell, I used some seriously bleach on the concrete floors.

    Should I even put carpet down again?

    Another home experience to remember, what's next?
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    gotta make sure you get all of the mold out, anything that got wet that was not immediately dried out could be moldy, books, clothes, blankets, even furniture, trust your nose, if you can smell it but not see it, its there

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhd View Post
    gotta make sure you get all of the mold out, anything that got wet that was not immediately dried out could be moldy, books, clothes, blankets, even furniture, trust your nose, if you can smell it but not see it, its there
    Still sniffing things out.

    After trying to dry things out it was better to just rip all the carpet up and get rid of it.







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    don't put another carpet, just in case it happens again.
    two months ago had five feet of sewage water in our basement , destroyed the whole basement and garage as well as my car because i wasn;t even around at the time to move it ....the whole block got flooded in........if the smell comes form the carpet alone then just remove the carpet and air out the basement by leaving windows door open etc...and bleaching the concrete floor is fine too.... we had to have the walls(panelling) etc... "professianlly "stripped and dissinfected because the mold and water was five feet high and it was sewage.
    just replace the your carpet with tiling...saves you a headache if it ever happens again...
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    Quote Originally Posted by chldfknungrnd764 View Post
    Still sniffing things out.
    good luck, its no fun, look inside trunks, bags, etc. they don't have to be wet, but if they were in a high moisture environment - even for a few days - mold can take hold and grow and spread without being seen, but you should be able to smell it

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhd View Post
    good luck, its no fun, look inside trunks, bags, etc. they don't have to be wet, but if they were in a high moisture environment - even for a few days - mold can take hold and grow and spread without being seen, but you should be able to smell it
    Thanks for the info.

    Make sure you know the servicability of your sump pump too.

    If the water level in your toilet is high you may have a future issue that could be bad.

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    Don't replace the carpet. You probably should remove the baseboards as well to check for mold - it can start and spread from behind there......JMJ
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMJ View Post
    Don't replace the carpet. You probably should remove the baseboards as well to check for mold - it can start and spread from behind there......JMJ
    I will get rid of the baseboards now that you mentioned it.

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    Sorry to hear it, bro. That really sucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK View Post
    Sorry to hear it, bro. That really sucks.
    Coming home after getting off early from work expecting to chill.

    Just walking down in the basement and seeing the water and saying !!

    I was up till 1am the next morning, had to take a day off work.

    My buddy came and installed a new pump for me, glad he came through for me at a crazy time.

    I ripped up the carpet with a box cutter, I know there's a better way.

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    A few questions....seeing that we didnt get rain over the last few days....


    You have a tree in your front yard? If so, does it look like its on steriods?

    You might have a tree root in your mainline going to the sewer....hopefully its not too far gone.....where you have a 3 inch diameter root in the line (thats what happened to me). Fall and winter the roots grow toward a underground water source and usually its a sewer line. and everytime you flush a load, you are fertilizing that tree......Hope this is not the case.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJJM3.COM View Post
    A few questions....seeing that we didnt get rain over the last few days....


    You have a tree in your front yard? If so, does it look like its on steriods?

    You might have a tree root in your mainline going to the sewer....hopefully its not too far gone.....where you have a 3 inch diameter root in the line (thats what happened to me). Fall and winter the roots grow toward a underground water source and usually its a sewer line. and everytime you flush a load, you are fertilizing that tree......Hope this is not the case.....
    It did rain last Monday, first thing that came to mind regarding the water.

    No trees on the property.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMJ View Post
    Don't replace the carpet. You probably should remove the baseboards as well to check for mold - it can start and spread from behind there......JMJ
    Good advice, this is what I did to stop the spread of mold which is your main problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chldfknungrnd764 View Post
    It did rain last Monday, first thing that came to mind regarding the water.

    No trees on the property.
    Oh ok.......Do you pour grease down the drain, or use a garbage disposal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJJM3.COM View Post
    Oh ok.......Do you pour grease down the drain, or use a garbage disposal?
    No disposal, I don't pour grease down the drain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chldfknungrnd764 View Post
    No disposal, I don't pour grease down the drain.
    Well it might need just a normal rodding out......
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJJM3.COM View Post
    Well it might need just a normal rodding out......
    Appreciate all the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chldfknungrnd764 View Post
    Appreciate all the info.
    np.... I been through that twice in my old house in dolton ....and once in park forest...so I kind of relived the pain of my dealings......which was why I said what I said.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJJM3.COM View Post
    A few questions....seeing that we didnt get rain over the last few days....


    You have a tree in your front yard? If so, does it look like its on steriods?

    You might have a tree root in your mainline going to the sewer....hopefully its not too far gone.....where you have a 3 inch diameter root in the line (thats what happened to me). Fall and winter the roots grow toward a underground water source and usually its a sewer line. and everytime you flush a load, you are fertilizing that tree......Hope this is not the case.....
    Word on the trees! This seems to be the problem on my property. I still have standing water in my back yard from the last big rain in areas that would normally be dried up by now.

    Got a big ass willow which Im told are notorious for deep water seeking roots. Im in an unincorporated area (no sewer system) so my guess is the drain tiles are blocked and not letting the water go where it needs to go.

    The tree is beautiful but its gotta go. Cant even imagine who or what it would cost to remove this thing but Im working on it.

    Sorry Chld, Ive been there 3 times. Last time was a few weeks ago during the big rain.

    My only comfort sadly yet gratefully enough is people who had there whole basement in feet of water. If that aint enough I think of Texas and Katrina and will take pulling up carpet anyday.

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    When all is said and done, make sure the pump has a back up battery and use the bleach on the walls to get rid of any mold.

    My Man cave is in the basement, but I have french drains and a sump pump with a back up battery. If this were to happen to me..I would be lost. I set my Vinyl up on platforms a foot high just in case, but still always concerned. Richard Pryor said you cant hold back water when it gotta go

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    Sorry to hear about this, my good man. Mold is no joke. Happened here in the office. Trying to get the ceiling tiles replaced as most of them got damaged and the smell became intolerable. Good luck ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 'Magic' Juan View Post
    Sorry to hear about this, my good man. Mold is no joke. Happened here in the office. Trying to get the ceiling tiles replaced as most of them got damaged and the smell became intolerable. Good luck ...
    Thanks

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    Stop being cheap !

    (Stop being cheap)
    This what someone told me when my pump went in my house !
    The cost of a new pump or yearly maint is much less than the actual
    repair cost to your basement

    PS
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    Quote Originally Posted by ishmael-k View Post
    (Stop being cheap)
    This what someone told me when my pump went in my house !
    The cost of a new pump or yearly maint is much less than the actual
    repair cost to your basement

    PS
    The truth hurts !
    I took the day off last week to have a new pump installed.

    Looking at the old pump and seeing the stuff that builds up in the areas of a system makes you really take notice to what goes on in some of the key places in your home.

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